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Bombus (Psythirus) insularis? - Bombus variabilis - female

Bombus (Psythirus) insularis? - Bombus variabilis - Female
Las Vigas, Veracruz Mexico

Moved from ID Request.

Bombus insularis
Hi, John. My doubt is whether this is insularis, previously reported from Canada and the US. Following the descriptions from Mitchel (1962) I thought this could be insularis, based on the presence of yellow pile on the metasomal terga, which is not presnte in variabilis. What do you think?

insularis is a northern/montane species
unknown in Mexico to my knowledge

The only Psithyrus possible in Veracruz is B. variabilis sensu lato

Bumble bee species routinely vary a great deal in color across their ranges, and it is unwise to rely on Mitchell when dealing with the Veracruz fauna. Check the following revision instead:

Labougle, J.M. 1990. Bombus of México and Central America (Hymenoptera, Apidae). Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 54: 33-73

This looks like B. variabilis (sensu lato)
not B. insularis

The name Bombus intrudens Smith has been applied to B. variabilis (sensu lato) from Veracruz.


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